Join CDC’s Contact Lens Health Week, Aug. 21-25.

Twitter chat spreads healthy contacts message

"The most likely unsafe contact lens behavior for kids: failing to visit an eye doctor annually."

Rarely does contact lens health and hygiene become a trending Twitter subject, but when it does, the AOA is there to provide patients and the public with pointers on healthy habits.

The AOA, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners, took part in an interactive social media blast Tuesday that turned the hashtag #HealthyContactsChat into a discussion about the risks of eye infections and complications associated with improper contact lens wear and care.

The kickoff to the CDC’s Contact Lens Health Week, Aug. 21-25, featured posts from AOA (@AOAConnect) and the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section (@AOACLCS), as well as posts from other federal and industry sources, including:

  • CDC
  • NBC News Health
  • National Eye Institute
  • National Eye Health Education Program
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  • Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health
  • Johnson & Johnson Vision Care


The buildup for Contact Lens Health Week began last week with a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that detailed the contact lens hygiene habits of adolescents (ages 12-17 years), finding kids are equally as likely as their parents to engage in at least one unsafe behavior. The most likely unsafe contact lens behavior for kids: failing to visit an eye doctor annually.

As part of the Twitter chat, the AOA answered questions from the CDC with information about best practices, risks and links to additional resources for consumers. Here are several posts that consumers are reading on #HealthyContactsChat:

August 23, 2017

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